Hosting Industry News Briefing for 05/12/2006

Here’s your hosting industry briefing for 05/12/2006

HostDepot Upgrades Hosting Plans

HostDepot, a provider of shared hosting solutions, announced today that they have upgraded their hosting plans. According to the company, their previous plans, Nickel, Copper, Bronze, Silver, Platinum and Gold have been restructured, and are now called Starter, Business Corporate and Enterprise.

Disk space and bandwidth allotments have been increased and the registration fees for top level domains have been reduced.

“The new upgrades are a large improvement from the previous hosting plans as we look to further help our target customers’ online and Web hosting needs,” says Jeff Pettit, Host Depot’s VP of sales and marketing. “In addition, this will greatly improve our existing customer relationships. We’re giving our customers more value, service and business solutions for less, while providing them with the best in hosting services available.”

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IBM Launches BladeCenter

IBM rolled out BladeCenter today, a new service that will combine servers, networks, storage and applications in one system. BladeCenter will allow small and medium sized businesses access to more efficient products at lower prices.

“IBM is delivering the industry’s top SMB technology, customized to speed customer migration from sprawling servers and quickly drive the benefits of integrated computing,” says Doug Balog, VP and business line executive for IBM BladeCenter. “BladeCenter gives SMBs simplicity and the flexibility they need to compete against larger businesses and drive business innovation.”

According to the company, BladeCenter will include the “IBM Server Connectivity Module for IBM BladeCenter for SMBs with limited on-site networking skills, a new Windows management technology that helps customers to combine the benefits of BladeCenter and the IBM System i business computing platform, the IBM Implementation Services Servicepac for BladeCenter, and a financing package for SMB customers or smaller department acquisitions that enables low monthly payments from IBM Global Financing.”

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United Internet Takes Over Fasthosts

United Internet AG announced today that they are taking over Fasthosts, a UK hosting company. United is the parent company of, a provider of shared hosting and domain name registration services.

FastHosts is valued at $111.8 million, and the transaction was conducted in cash.

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IceStorm Offers VPS, Dell Servers

IceStorm, a provider of hosting solutions, announced that they are now offering Virtuozzo powered VPS hosting plans. In addition, the company launched a new line of Dell dedicated servers for their customers.

“What makes our VPS accounts incredibly unique is the unparalleled flexibility that’s included at no additional charge,” says Adrian Gonzales, IceStorm’s manager. “The administrative privileges our VPS customers have are virtually the same as the privileges our dedicated server customers have.”

“These servers are by all standards ahead of their time – they are fully managed, include free setup, and are complete with ready-to-go software for our customers to use,” says Gonzales. “We’re clearly aiming this offer at those who are looking for true power and scalability.”

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